UW Men Host No. 9 Arizona Thursday at 7 p.m.

Jan. 26, 2004

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Washington vs. (#9) Arizona; 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. (Fox Sports Northwest TV)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound Area

Washington vs. Arizona State; 5:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash. (Fox Sports Northwest TV)
Husky Sports Radio Network / KHHO (AM 850) in Puget Sound Area
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The two highest scoring teams in the Pac-10 square off Thursday when Washington (7-8, 2-5) hosts ninth-ranked Arizona (13-3, 5-2), Thursday, Jan. 29. Tip-off is 7 p.m. Pacific Time at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The game, which airs live on Fox Sports Northwest and Fox Sports Arizona, starts a stretch during which the Huskies play five of their next seven games at home. The Wildcats boast a league-leading 88.8 points per game while Washington is scoring at a 80.0-point clip. The Huskies are coming off their first back-to-back Pac-10 road triumphs in four years and seek to win a third straight conference game for the first time since the 1999 season. The Wildcats won the last eight meetings with UW, including victories in their last four visits to Seattle. On Saturday, Jan. 31, the Huskies entertain Arizona State (8-8, 2-5) at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Washington opened Pac-10 play with five of its first seven games on the road, capping that stretch with a 103-99 win at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and 75-62 triumph at Washington State on Saturday (Jan. 24).

TV Tidbits
Thursday's game against Arizona airs live at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Fox Sports Northwest and Fox Sports Arizona. The Wildcats announcing team of Dave Sitton and Bob Elliott call the action. Saturday's game against Arizona State will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Jim Watson calls the action with color commentary from Donald Watts, a four-year letterman guard for UW from 1996-99.

Radio Coverage
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Thursday's game against Arizona will be broadcast on flagship station KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 17th season. He is joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to UW games over the internet. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com Game play-by-play and stats can be followed live via the internet at: www.gohuskies.com

Prolific Scoring
Washington is averaging 80.0 points per game, the highest scoring output since the 1976 Huskies finished with an 80.2-point average. UW ranks second among Pac-10 teams in scoring and last week was No. 20 among NCAA teams. The Huskies have reached the 100-point plateau twice for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The 103-99 overtime decision at Oregon State (Jan. 17) matched the highest total ever for UW in an enemy arena. It equaled a 103-70 win at Washington State on Feb. 1, 1975. The 104-91 win over Eastern Washington (Nov. 29) marked UW's highest point total in 311 games, dating to a 130-67 win over Chico State on Dec. 1, 1992. It was UW's first 100-point effort in 159 games, dating to a 101-86 win at USC on Jan. 29, 1998. The Huskies reached the 90-point plateau four times this season, a figure they reached only once last year. That is the most 90-point performances for a Washington team since the 1997-98 squad had six.

Did You Know?
Arizona won the last eight meetings with Washington, the longest current winning streak by any opponent against the Huskies.

Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
o 2004 Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 0-2 (lost to No. 17 Gonzaga & at No. 5 Stanford)

o All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 61-192

o Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent: UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (Jan. 24, 2002, Seattle)

o All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents: 24-106

o Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent: UW 90, #19 Arizona 84 (Feb. 4, 1999, Seattle)

The Arizona Series
> Arizona won the last eight games against Washington and has a 36-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965.

> The Wildcats won 12 of the last 13 meetings against Washington. They swept the last four season series, their longest run of sweeps since beating UW over five consecutive seasons from 1986-1990.

> UA defeated Washington 79-61 last year in Tucson before prevailing with an 88-85 overtime decision in Seattle.

> The Wildcats have a 14-11 record against Washington in Seattle and were victorious in their last four visits to the Northwest.

> 21st-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 31-11 all-time record against UW.

> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-2 record against Arizona.

The Last Meeting
#2 Arizona 88, UW 85 ot (Feb. 6, 2003; Seattle)

Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:18 left in overtime to lift second-ranked Arizona to an 88-85 win over Washington before a Bank of America Arena record crowd of 10,028. The Wildcats (17-2, 9-1) defeated UW for the eighth straight time. The Huskies (8-11, 3-7) stretched a 41-39 halftime lead to 57-47 on a Will Conroy layup with 13:11 left in regulation. Arizona responded with a 16-3 run, fueled by eight Stoudamire points, to go ahead 63-60 with 8:47 remaining. UW trailed 78-73 with 1:23 left in the second half, but Conroy hit a 3-pointer at 1:03 and Nate Robinson forced overtime with a scoop shot in the lane at 0:38. Bobby Jones hit four free throws in three consecutive trips to the line to put UW ahead 84-82 with 1:35 left in overtime. Stoudamire hit his decisive trey and Channing Frye followed with a layup at 0:22 to seal the win. Frye finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, taking advantage of the injury absence of starting Husky center Anthony Washington. Two other UW big men, Doug Wrenn and Jeffrey Day, fouled out. Despite the depleted frontline, the Huskies collected 21 offensive boards and topped the Pac-10's top rebounding team by a 44-39 margin. Jones posted his first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Robinson scored 19 points to lead the Huskies who also got 15 from Curtis Allen and 11 from Conroy. Luke Walton added 13 points for the Wildcats.

Last Year's First Meeting
#2 Arizona 79, UW 61 (Jan. 11, 2003; Tucson, Ariz.)

Salim Stoudamire scored six of his game-high 23 points during an 18-4 second-half run, helping No. 2 Arizona defeat Washington 79-61 at McKale Center. The Wildcats (11-1, 4-0) beat UW at home for the seventh consecutive time and the 18th time in the last 19 meetings in Tucson. The Huskies (6-7, 1-3) scored the game's opening five points and trailed only 31-28 before Arizona scored six straight points to close the first half with a 37-28 advantage. UW drew within 52-46 on a Nate Robinson jumper with 11:57 left to play. The Huskies were held without a basket for the next 5-1/2 minutes while Arizona went on a 12-2 surge. The run reached 18-4, capped by Stoudamire's two free throws that made it 70-50 with 4:59 remaining. Stoudamire converted all eight of his free throw attempts. He was 3-for-8 from 3-point range while the rest of the Wildcats were 0-for-7. Jason Gardner had 11 points and nine assists for Arizona which also got 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks from Channing Frye. UW's Doug Wrenn, who scored 35 points at McKale Center last year, managed 11 before fouling out with 7:07 remaining. Nate Robinson added 11 for UW.

Shooting Story
When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 6-0 record when posting a superior field goal percentage to its opponent and is 1-8 when being outshot. The Huskies are shooting 11 percent better from the field in their seven victories (51% - 40%) and over seven percent better from 3-point range (41.6% 33.1%).

High School Reunion
Every time the Huskies take the floor it amounts to a reunion of alums from Seattle's Garfield High School. Four former prep teammates are listed on the Washington roster; juniors Will Conroy and Tre Simmons along with sophomores Brandon Roy and Anthony Washington. The quartet of former Bulldogs has combined to score 557 of UW's 1,200 points in the 15 regular-season games, accounting for 46 percent of the total offensive output. Conroy (12.5) and Roy (12.3) are UW's top two scorers. Their Garfield team also featured current USC guard Roydell Smiley and Isaiah Stanback a red-shirt freshman who plays on the Husky football team.

Shuffling Starters
Washington has started four different lineups. The most recent unit opened for the first time in the last game, featuring four sophomores (Mike Jensen, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy) and one junior (Will Conroy). Last year, the Huskies implemented nine unique lineups and Will Conroy was the only player to start every game. Conroy did not start this year's season opener against Portland State, stopping a streak of 34 consecutive starting assignments. Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen are the only two Huskies to start all 15 games.

Brilliant Bobby
Sophomore Bobby Jones leads the Huskies in rebounds with 5.6 per game, a figure that ranks 16th among Pac-10 players. He ranks ninth among conference competitors with a team-leading field goal accuracy of 52.9 percent. Jones ranks second among UW players with 21steals. Jones tallied 10 or more points in 11 games this season after reaching double figures just five times all last season. A defensive specialist last season, Jones started the final 15 games in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on the team with 5.7 points per game. Doubling that total to 11.4 this year.

Solitary Senior
Quicksilver guard Curtis Allen is the lone senior on the Washington roster. He ranks second among all-time Huskies with 142 career 3-pointers. The record is 212 treys by Deon Luton (1997-2000). Allen hit six treys at Wyoming (Dec. 6). He has amassed 914 points during his career and needs 86 more to become the 28th player in UW history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Allen's current career free throw mark of 87.3 percent (192-220) is the best in school history. He ranks second among all-time Pac-10 players behind former UCLA standout Rod Foster who shot 88.0% between 1980-83.

Remarkable Roy
Sophomore swingman Brandon Roy is a rising star in his first full collegiate season. He ranks second on the team in points (12.3) and rebounds (5.1), figures that rank No. 20 and No. 18 among Pac-10 players. Roy tallied a career-high 22 points along with five assists against UC Riverside (Nov. 24). He had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting at Oregon (Jan. 15) followed by a 17-point performance in the overtime victory at Oregon State (Jan. 17). At Houston on Dec. 20 he became the first player in UW history to lead the team in the five major statistics during a single game. Roy amassed 19 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Roy was a consensus top-50 national recruit among the prep class of 2002, but was not declared eligible by the NCAA until Jan. 16, 2003. He played 13 games with two starts last season, averaging 6.1 points per game. He averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during the final four games of 2003. Roy applied for the 2002 NBA Draft out of high school, but did not attend any pre-draft camps and withdrew his application prior to the draft. He is the fourth product of Seattle's Garfield High School on the current UW roster, joining Will Conroy, Tre Simmons and Anthony Washington.

Will Power
The most improved player in the Pac-10 last season was point guard Will Conroy, now a junior at Washington. His 12.7-point sophomore scoring average was 10.2 better than his freshman average of 2.5 points, the largest improvement by any Pac-10 player in 2003. Conroy currently leads all Husky scorers with 12.5 points per game, a figure that ranks 18th among Pac-10 players. He is averaging 15.6 points in conference games. Conroy is UW's top playmaker. He distributed 65 assists, an average of 4.3 per game that ranks eighth among Pac-10 players. Conroy's assist/turnover ratio of 1.59 is the ninth best among Pac-10 players.

The Huskies, who won their last two games, seek their first three-game Pac-10 winning streak since the 1999 season ... UW has two Pac-10 road wins after winning just one in each of the last three seasons. The Huskies won 103-99 at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and 75-62 at WSU (Jan. 24) for their first back-to-back Pac-10 road wins since the 2000 season ... Nate Robinson leads UW with a 16.4 scoring average in Pac-10 play, an increase of 9.0 points from his average of 7.4 points against non-conference competition. Robinson had double-figure points in all seven Pac-10 games and only two in eight non-conference games ... Washington overcame a 40-34 halftime deficit to defeat Oregon State 103-99 in overtime on Jan. 17. That was the only time in a UW game this season that the team that trailed at halftime won. The team that leads at halftime has a 14-1 record in Husky games ... Sophomore forward Mike Jensen hit 8 of 14 treys this year and shot 53% on career 3-pointers (18-34) ... Seven different players have led UW in scoring this year and six different Huskies topped the team in rebounds ... UW players have six double-figure rebound games after registering only three in 2003.

Producing Point Guards
UW point guards Will Conroy (Garfield HS) and Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach HS) both hail from the city of Seattle. The Emerald City has produced some jewels on the hardwood, a legacy of point guards that is highlighted by former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Michigan's Jamal Crawford. Three Pac-10 schools may start Seattle natives at the point this season, including Aaron Brooks (Franklin HS) at Oregon and Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach HS) at USC along with the UW duo. Other prominent point guards from the state of Washington include Gonzaga's John Stockton (Spokane) and Dan Dickau (Prairie), Oregon's Luke Ridnour (Blaine) and current Florida freshman Ryan Appleby (Stanwood).

Nate the Great
High-flying sophomore Nate Robinson will concentrate on basketball this season after having an huge impact last year on both the hardwood and the gridiron. The 5-9 guard ranks fourth among Pac-10 players in free throw percentage (86.8%), seventh in steals (25), ninth in 3-point percentage (39.7%) and 10th in total 3-pointers (25). He leads the team during conference play with 16.4 points per game. Robinson tallied double-figure points in all seven Pac-10 games after posting only two double-digit efforts in eight non-conference outings. He tallied 23 of his career-high 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. In 2003, Robinson garnered Freshman All-America and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honors after leading UW with a 13.0-point scoring average. He had eight points in 23 minutes Jan. 2, 2003 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Robinson registered 17 double-figure outings and topped all UW scorers a team-high 11 times in his 23 games. The 5-9 leaper was spectacular in his second collegiate outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point effort, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started the final six Husky football games at cornerback and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was Nov. 26. Robinson entered UW on a football scholarship, but switched to basketball. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.

Last UW Game
UW 75, Washington State 62 (Jan. 24, 2004/Pullman, Wash.)

Nate Robinson scored 17 points and hit all three of his first-half 3-point tries as Washington took control early en route to a 75-62 win over Washington State. The Huskies (7-8, 2-5) won at Fried Court for the first time since the 2000 season which was also the last time they recorded back-to-back Pac-10 road victories. Robinson hit a 3-pointer two minutes into the game that put UW ahead for good 5-2. His second trey, with 16:39 left in the first half, pushed the Husky lead to 10-2. UW shot 67 percent (14-21) in the first half, including 5-of-7 shooting beyond the arc, to claim a 37-23 halftime advantage. The Cougars (8-9, 2-5) scored the first eight points of the second half, trimming their deficit to 37-31. Robinson answered with an offensive rebound and 3-pointer that started a 7-0 UW run. Will Conroy scored 14 points for the Huskies while Tre Simmons added 10 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Roy grabbed 12 boards, leading a 34-23 UW rebound advantage. Jeff Varem tallied 14 points to pace Washington State which also got 13 from Thomas Kelati and 11 from Marcus Moore. WSU shot 50 percent (10-20) from 3-point range.

Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar airs weekly from 7:30-8:00 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The day of the week varies. The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Feb. 9.

Husky Tickets
Good seats are available for all Washington home games. All seats are reserved and priced at $20, $18 and $10. University of Washington students with current student i.d. can purchase individual game tickets for $3 or buy a student season pass for $30 that is also good for women's games. For ticket information please contact the Husky Ticket Office by phone (206-543-2200) or on-line at: www.gohuskies.com

2004 Season Highlights
UW won back-to-back Pac-10 road games for the first time since the 2000 season with wins at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and Washington State (Jan. 24) ... UW has multiple Pac-10 road wins for the first time since 2000 after posting only one conference away victory during each of the last three seasons ... The Huskies reached the 100-point plateau more than once for the first season since 1980-81 ... Junior Hakeem Rollins blocked six shots at California (Jan. 2), the highest single-game total by a Husky since David Dixon had a school-record seven blocks against Washington State on Jan. 31, 2002 ... UW's 37-point win over Columbia (88-51) was its largest margin of victory since defeating Brigham Young 95-44 on Nov. 26, 1996 ... The 58-point first-half outburst against Columbia (Dec. 30) was the highest scoring half by Washington since it had 59 the second half against Portland State Nov. 28, 2000 ... Sophomore Brandon Roy became the first player in school history to be the Huskies' sole leader in the five major statistical categories with his 19-point, 12-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal and 1-blocked shot performance at Houston (Dec. 20). Two former players (Thalo Green on 2/19/00 & Dion Brown on 1/28/89) paced UW in those five stats, but tied with a teammate in at least one category. (Note: blocks & steals were not officially recorded prior to 1976) ... At Houston, Brandon Roy (12) and Bobby Jones (10) became the first UW teammates to grab double-figure rebounds during the same game since Jan. 19, 2002 when Doug Wrenn (12) and David Dixon (11) accomplished the feat.

Season in Review
The Huskies opened the season with four consecutive home games. They defeated Portland State 73-65 (Nov. 21), UC Riverside 91-78 (Nov. 24) and Eastern Washington 104-91 (Nov. 29) before losing 86-62 to 17th-ranked Gonzaga (Dec. 3) ... Washington hit the road and lost 92-76 at Wyoming (Dec. 6) and 79-64 at Houston (Dec. 20) before a 92-81 triumph at San Diego State (Dec. 27) ... The Huskies defeated Columbia (Dec. 30) 81-55, their first home game in 27 days ... UW opened Pac-10 play in the Bay Area with a 76-62 loss at California in a game that was tied with 5 1/2 minutes to play before the Bears hit six straight 3-pointers ... UW suffered an 85-72 setback at fifth-ranked Stanford (Jan. 4) before returning home ... The Huskies turned the ball over 29 times in an 88-80 loss to USC (Jan. 8) and rallied from 17 points behind to force overtime before losing 86-84 to UCLA (Jan. 10) ... UW attempted 13 fewer free throws in an 84-74 loss at Oregon (Jan. 15) ... The Huskies overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to post a 103-99 overtime win at Oregon State (Jan. 17) that snapped a five-game losing streak ... UW completed back-to-back Pac-10 road wins for the first time in four years with a 75-62 win at Washington State, its first win in Pullman since 2000.

Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. The pavilion underwent a 19-month renovation from March of 1999 to November of 2000. The interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena features a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 769 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena. They have a 4-3 home record this season.

Capacity Crowds
The Dec. 3 game against Gonzaga marked the fifth sellout since Bank of America Arena re-opened for the 2000-01 season after renovations. Three of the sellouts came during second-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's tenure. On Feb. 6, 2003 a record crowd of 10,028 attended UW's 88-85 overtime loss to Arizona.

Increased Attendance
Washington completed its 15-game 2002-03 home schedule averaging 6,799 spectators per game. That was the largest attendance figure at the Huskies' on-campus arena since the 1984-85 season drew an average of 6,979. UW averaged 7,851 fans during the 2000 season while playing at KeyArena in downtown Seattle during the Edmundson Pavilion renovation. The Huskies drew an average of 7,840 fans last year during nine home Pac-10 contests, an increase of 1,231 from the 2001-02 season's conference average of 6,609. Washington is averaging 6,966 spectators this season in seven home games to date.

Non-Conference Conquests
Washington clinched its third consecutive winning non-conference record, posting a 5-3 mark before the Pac-10 season started. UW has one non-conference game remaining, a Feb. 22 visit to North Carolina State. Last year the Huskies finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record following a 6-5 ledger in 2001.

Rough Road
The Huskies just concluded a stretch during which five of their first seven Pac-10 games were on the road. That stretch ended Jan. 24 at Washington State. The Huskies have a 4-3 home record and a 3-5 mark in road outings. UW won two Pac-10 road games for the first season since 2000 when they won three. The Huskies had just one Pac-10 road win in each of the previous three seasons: at Oregon (Jan. 18, 2001), at Oregon State (Feb. 21, 2002) and at USC (Mar. 6, 2003). They have a 5-29 record in their last 34 conference road contests dating to the 2000 season.

Wait 'til Next Year
A pair of Huskies are not competing in games this year, waiting until next season until they are eligible. Jamaal Williams, a 6-5 forward with a powerful inside presence, is red-shirting this season after transferring from New Mexico. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 2003 for the Lobos, including a 25-point, 15-rebound performance at UNLV on Feb. 23. Walk-on Matt Fletcher joined the team in the fall as a transfer from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The Maize (Kansas) High School product played at Butler County Junior College in 2002.

The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 33-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.

> The Sun Devils swept the season series last year for the 12th year, the first time since 2000. ASU won 89-57 on Jan. 9, 2003 in Tempe before a 79-77 overtime win Feb. 8 in Seattle.

> The two teams have split the 26 previous meetings in Seattle, each winning 13 times.

> Washington won six of the last eight meetings with the Sun Devils in Seattle from 1996-2002, following a string of six straight ASU victories at UW from 1990-95.

> Sixth -year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 7-3 record against Washington.

> Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has an 0-2 record against ASU.

The Last Meeting
Arizona State 79, UW 77 ot (Feb. 8, 2003; Seattle)

Reserve Shawn Redhage scored 22 of his career-high points after halftime, including eight during overtime that lead Arizona State to a 79-77 win over Washington at Bank of America Arena. Redhage tallied the first seven overtime points for Arizona State (15-7, 7-4) which led 76-75 with 51 seconds left. Bobby Jones put the Huskies (8-12, 3-8) ahead 77-76 with a layin at 0:40. The Sun Devils answered with the game's final three points, a 16-foot jumper by Curtis Millage for the go-ahead basket with 24 seconds remaining and a Redhage free throw at 0:11. Jamal Hill scored 14 points for Arizona State and Ike Diogu had 11. Nate Robinson led five double-figure scorers for UW which also got 16 from Will Conroy and 10 apiece from Jones, Doug Wrenn and Curtis Allen. ASU opened the game with a 27-13 lead before the Huskies used a 14-2 run to draw within 29-27 at halftime. The Sun Devils were ahead 66-59 with 3:04 left in regulation before Wrenn started an 8-1 UW run that closed the second half. Wrenn forced overtime on a layin with seven seconds remaining. The Huskies lost despite outshooting ASU (50% to 44%) and having fewer turnovers (15-17). The Sun Devils won the rebounding battle by a 38-31 margin and grabbed 17 offensive boards.

Last Year's First Meeting
Arizona State 89, UW 57 (Jan. 9, 2003; Tempe, Ariz.)

Tommy Smith tallied 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Arizona State to an 89-57 win over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. Curtis Millage scored 16 points and Ike Diogu and Jamal Hill had 14 apiece for Arizona State (10-4, 2-1) which defeated the Huskies at home for the sixth straight time. Smith also tied his career high with six blocks and had five assists. ASU blocked 13 shots, a single-game record for a UW opponent. Diogu pulled down nine rebounds, helping Arizona State to a 47-28 advantage on the boards. The teams were tied at 13 before Diogu started a 17-5 surge that gave ASU the lead for good. Will Conroy led Washington (6-6, 1-2) with 13 points while Doug Wrenn and Bobby Jones had 10 each. Conroy had five points inside the opening two minutes of the second half as UW, which trailed by 43-32 at halftime, drew within 46-41on a basket by Mike Jensen with 17:43 left in the game. The Sun Devils scored the next seven points to take control and steadily increased the lead to as many as 33 points.

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